Student learning outcome (SLO) statements made by an educational program serve as targets for achievement and openly communicate the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire from the program. Clearly stated SLOs are the necessary foundation of an evidence-based educational program through which faculty, staff, and student efforts are aligned. Establishment of these statements is, therefore, the primary step in building a robust, cooperative, and effective assessment system for improving student learning and development. Here we discuss an approach to the formulation, adoption, and application of a single SLO for undergraduate writing to be used across the five undergraduate majors (Biology, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Botany) in the School of Life Sciences formed in Fall 2019 through the merger of the Departments of Biology, Microbiology, and Botany. By Justin Walguarnery, Clifford Morden & Donald Drake
Walguarnery, J., Morden, C. & Drake, D. (2021, April). Life Sciences uniting in assessing student writing. Poster session presented at the Assessment for Curricular Improvement Poster Exhibit at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI.